Mindscent®

Smell. Discover.Connect

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Project Description

  • My mission takes two paths: 1) To offer Occupational Therapists, Educators and Speech Pathologists a “first ever” innovative communication tool to use in their work with children with autism and other speech impairments and 2) A fun, educational multi-sensorial game for families to “smell, discover, and connect.”
  • The objective of Mindscent® is to offer Occupational Therapists, Educators and Speech Pathologists a new tool to use in their work with children with autism. I utilized the smell prompts and visual clue cards to experiment its use with people of various levels of autism both at the Brooklyn School of Autism, and privately with Vanessa (as seen in the video).  Other Speech Pathologists have also utilized a prototype of Mindscent® in their practice, and positive feedback was received.  This quote is from Heather Palazzo, a Speech Pathologist from Louisiana:  “non-verbal 13 y/o with mitochondrial, scoliosis, myopathy, and failure to thrive-targeting simple yes/no responses with head nods, which is is not usually motivated for, this activity increased his motivation to participate and mom was thrilled.”
    • There is a tremendous opportunity for Mindscent® in the USA and abroad when it comes to a family activity, but The Scent Guru Group’s primary focus is to be able to help people with special needs such as dementia (Essential Awakenings®) and Autism (Mindscent®). According to CDC statistics, autism rates continue to climb from 15% between 2012 and 2014 witH 1 IN 59 children being identified with the disorder. The purpose of Mindscent™ is to help facilitate and ease communication skills amongst this population through this multi-sensorial tool that includes visual clue cards and smell prompts.  
  • Mindscent® is a product that has been developed to help children with autism communicate.  It has been used by several professional Speech Pathologists in an exploratory period this past summer, and has helped some autistic children (verbal and non-verbal) as well as other pediatric clients (including those with cerebral palsy) engage with their therapist, and can lead to discussions of their favorite experiences, foods, etc.,
  • With more than 100 components included in Mindscent®, manufacturing, education, marketing of the product will be important to execute from the date of the official “launch”.  The funds received will help offset the burden of those costs plus help to hire a part time assistant who will help support me in social media and other administrative duties so that we can spread the word about how the sense of smell can help people with speech impairments and other disabilities communicate.  Remember, the tag-line is Smell.Discover.Connect!
  • I am the sole owner of The Scent Guru Group, LLC and have so far been able to only hire freelancers to help with various tasks such as graphic design, website management, and other technical aspects, but in order to grow my business, I will need a part time assistant to help with back work while I continue to market and sell my product. 
  • Backers will be thanked through small gifts such actual smell prompts, coffee mugs with the Mindscent® logo and larger donors from $500-$1,000 will receive a Mindscent® kit/s. I will also make a 10% contribution in their name to an agency (that services people with disabilities such as Downs Syndrome and Autism) of their choice or to one of the 3 I have identified in the "Rewards" section. All donors can also choose to be recognized on my website and social media sites either by name, or organization’s logo, and will receive personalized thank you notes as well as updates on my campaign.

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The Project FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How do the smell prompts work? - A: They are tools that will allow the individual to connect to the smell with help of the visual clue cards.
  • How many smell prompts are in the kit, and what are some of them? A: There are 20 smell prompts in Mindscent®.  Some of them include smells of chocolate, grass, strawberries, orange, rosemary, lavender and rose.
  • Besides the Visual Clue Cards, what else is in the kit? Each visual clue card corresponding to the smell prompts have facts on the flip side.  Facts include educational, such as nutritional, and historical information.

 

 

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Just Because I Care

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Mindscent® Thank You Note

You will receive a personalized thank you note from me as acknowledgement for your gift and an update on the Mindscent® campaign as well as as (if you wish) a personal shout out "thanks" on my social media pages  

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A Smell Prompt Sample

You will receive a sample of an actual Mindscent® Smell Prompt with its corresponding visual clue and fact cards, a personalized Thank You on a Mindscent® Card, updates on my campaign and a shout out (if you want) on my social media sites.

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A Set of 3 Mindscent® Smell Prompts

You will receive a set of Mindscent® Smell Prompts and their corresponding visual clue and fact cards so that you can start experimenting with the Smell.Discover.Connect exercise on your own.  You'll also receive a personalized Thank You on Mindscent® stationary, updates on my campaign and a shout out on my social media sites (if you want).

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A Mindscent® Mug + 3 Smell Prompts

You will receive a customized Mindscent® Coffee Mug + 3 Smell Prompts and their corresponding visual and fact cards, updates on my campaign, a personalized thank you note on Mindscent® cards and a shout out on my social media sites (if you want).  

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A Mindscent® Kit

You will receive a complete, finished product of Mindscent®.  The kit is comprised of 20 smell prompts that I call Essential Smells©, their corresponding visual and fact cards, 2 packets of smelling strips (for administering the aromas), an update on my campaign, a personalized Thank You on Mindscent® stationary, and (if you want), a shout out on my social media sites. Smell prompts include aromas such as the smells of: Rosemary, Rose, Mint, Chocolate, Apples, Orange, Strawberry, etc.,  

Note that none of the smell prompts samples include alcohol, and they are packaged in a very clean, ergonomic roller ball form.  All smell prompts were formulated by perfumers at a world-renowned fragrance supply house carefully selected by me for their integrity and their sustainability platforms.  All components are Made in the USA, and Mindscent® kits have been assembled and packed by Ability Beyond of Danbury, CT and Abilis of Greenwich - - both non-profits who service people living with disabilities such as Downs Syndrome, Autism and Cerebral Palsy.  

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$500
2 Mindscent® Kits + % Give Back

You will receive 2 Mindscent® kits!  I will also make a 10% contribution ($50) in your name to Ability Beyond of Danbury, CT, Abilis, Friends of Autistic People's Green Farm Academy Project, or another non-profit agency that services people with disabilities and/or Autism, of your choosing.  You will also received a personalized Thank You on a Mindscent® card,  updates on my campaign, and a shout out (if you want) on all my social media sites. 

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$1,000
3 Mindscent® Kits + % Giveback

With this reward, you will receive 3 Mindscent® kits that have been assembled by Ability Beyond and/or Abilis.  I will also contribute 10% of your gift to a not-for-profit who serves people with disabilities including autism.  You can also select the not-for-profit of your choice, or I will be happy to make the contribution in your name to either Ability Beyond, Abilis or Friends of Autistic People's Farm Academy Project, a teaching academy for adult children over 21 with autism ( you can find more about this specific project on their website page). I will also send you a personalized Thank You on a Mindscent® card and send you updates on my campaign as well as a personal shout out on my social media sites (if you want).  

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

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$25
Mindscent® Thank You Note

You will receive a personalized thank you note from me as acknowledgement for your gift and an update on the Mindscent® campaign as well as as (if you wish) a personal shout out "thanks" on my social media pages  

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$50
A Smell Prompt Sample

You will receive a sample of an actual Mindscent® Smell Prompt with its corresponding visual clue and fact cards, a personalized Thank You on a Mindscent® Card, updates on my campaign and a shout out (if you want) on my social media sites.

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$100
A Set of 3 Mindscent® Smell Prompts

You will receive a set of Mindscent® Smell Prompts and their corresponding visual clue and fact cards so that you can start experimenting with the Smell.Discover.Connect exercise on your own.  You'll also receive a personalized Thank You on Mindscent® stationary, updates on my campaign and a shout out on my social media sites (if you want).

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$150
A Mindscent® Mug + 3 Smell Prompts

You will receive a customized Mindscent® Coffee Mug + 3 Smell Prompts and their corresponding visual and fact cards, updates on my campaign, a personalized thank you note on Mindscent® cards and a shout out on my social media sites (if you want).  

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$300
A Mindscent® Kit

You will receive a complete, finished product of Mindscent®.  The kit is comprised of 20 smell prompts that I call Essential Smells©, their corresponding visual and fact cards, 2 packets of smelling strips (for administering the aromas), an update on my campaign, a personalized Thank You on Mindscent® stationary, and (if you want), a shout out on my social media sites. Smell prompts include aromas such as the smells of: Rosemary, Rose, Mint, Chocolate, Apples, Orange, Strawberry, etc.,  

Note that none of the smell prompts samples include alcohol, and they are packaged in a very clean, ergonomic roller ball form.  All smell prompts were formulated by perfumers at a world-renowned fragrance supply house carefully selected by me for their integrity and their sustainability platforms.  All components are Made in the USA, and Mindscent® kits have been assembled and packed by Ability Beyond of Danbury, CT and Abilis of Greenwich - - both non-profits who service people living with disabilities such as Downs Syndrome, Autism and Cerebral Palsy.  

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$500
2 Mindscent® Kits + % Give Back

You will receive 2 Mindscent® kits!  I will also make a 10% contribution ($50) in your name to Ability Beyond of Danbury, CT, Abilis, Friends of Autistic People's Green Farm Academy Project, or another non-profit agency that services people with disabilities and/or Autism, of your choosing.  You will also received a personalized Thank You on a Mindscent® card,  updates on my campaign, and a shout out (if you want) on all my social media sites. 

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$1,000
3 Mindscent® Kits + % Giveback

With this reward, you will receive 3 Mindscent® kits that have been assembled by Ability Beyond and/or Abilis.  I will also contribute 10% of your gift to a not-for-profit who serves people with disabilities including autism.  You can also select the not-for-profit of your choice, or I will be happy to make the contribution in your name to either Ability Beyond, Abilis or Friends of Autistic People's Farm Academy Project, a teaching academy for adult children over 21 with autism ( you can find more about this specific project on their website page). I will also send you a personalized Thank You on a Mindscent® card and send you updates on my campaign as well as a personal shout out on my social media sites (if you want).  

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